MOTHER – Up For Hours / The Blue Moon

MOTHER – Up For Hours / The Blue Moon

Fresh from spots at both Reading and Leeds at the weekend, Hull’s finest garage rock export MOTHER release their debut single ‘Up For Hours’ / ‘The Blue Moon’ next month. Packed with punk malice and raw energy, the double A-side introduces a band with the potential to turn some heads in 2015.

Both “Up For Hours” and “The Blue Moon” were released online last year, but see commercial release now as the hype machine turns its cogs. “Up For Hours” is vigorous and intense, a fast-paced and toe-tapping garage rock anthem. It features a riff not dissimilar to The Jam’s “A Bomb in Wardour Street”, although this is clearly stylistic coincidence, not cheap plagiarism.

“The Blue Moon” takes on a similar flavour, with the same unpolished production and vocal distortion, the latter adding a raw, occasionally abrasive edge to lead man David Sinclair’s vocals. What’s different this time is the presence of eclectic keys, and indeed the length, as the instruments scream for over five-and-a-half minutes before “The Blue Moon” fades out amidst the feedback.

MOTHER’s sound channels the spirit of the late 70s punk generation, while also occasionally reminiscent of a more organic, early Strokes. And “Up For Hours / The Blue Moon” is, fittingly, exactly the kind of single you wouldn’t take home to mother, but will have a steamy fling with anyway.

“Up For Hours / The Blue Moon” is on-sale from September 8th via local non-profit label Warren Records, and if you’re lucky enough to be from Hull, they’re playing a string of dates next month (as well as a single date in London). Check them out while they’re raw, as you might be hearing a lot more about them in the future. 7.0/10

Katy Blackwood

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20 Sept – LONDON – The Garage
27 Sept – HULL – Trinity Festival
08 Oct – HULL – Fruit (supporting Eagulls)
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